7. Remain Calm. Being a mom means staying strong for my son. If he falls, I CANNOT freak out. Exposing my fear only makes him cry harder and longer.
6. Get It Done. It doesn't matter if it's 5:00 AM and I haven't slept all night because I've been up with a cough and fever. If my son needs me to sterilize his bottles and mix more formula, I have to get it done.
5. I'm Stronger Than I Think I Am. I can carry a 23-pound baby, a 12-pound stroller, and 15 pounds worth of bags up and down several train staircases and survive.
4. Take Advice With a Grain of Salt. How to fix my post-pregnancy body, what time to put my son to sleep, whether or not to let my son crawl on the floor. No matter the topic, people are more than willing to share unsolicited advice with me. I've learned to take every suggestion with a grain of salt.
3. Worrying is Normal. I've learned that my mother's overprotectiveness is not so far-fetched. Ater carrying my son inside of me for so many months, it is IMPOSSIBLE not to worry about his safety every moment of the day.
2. Growing is Hard Work! Growing is far more complex than one might think; and I'm awfully proud of my son for doing it and for forcing me to do it too.
1. I Am Not Just a Mother. I've learned it's important to set aside rejuvenating me-time because the way I live my life will affect the way my son lives his. It took becoming a mother to remind me that I am not just a mother. I am also a writer, and that identity is worth focusing on.
What has parenthood taught you?